Teardrop Hotels – luxury retreat in Sri Lanka (review)

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Last updated on December 7th, 2023 at 06:05 am

Sri Lanka holds a special place in the hearts of the team behind Teardrop Hotels. Aptly named after the shape of Sri Lanka, Teardrop Hotels’ collection of boutique hotels is a testament to their passion for this island, with each service-driven property embodying a commitment to stylish accommodations and an appreciation for the country’s vibrant history, diverse culture, and warm, hospitable people.

This hotel group has a reputation for their ability to restore and contemporize heritage buildings and 18th century tea bungalows-with-views in various regions throughout Sri Lanka. Each of their luxury boutique hotels is uniquely defined by its location, welcoming you to explore, embrace new experiences, and shape your own personal narrative of Sri Lanka.

Whether you’re a foodie, nature lover, hopeful romantic, culture junkie or up for a wellness escape, there is something for you at Teardrop Hotels.

My Sri Lanka Itinerary

During my recent press trip, I was invited to experience 4 out of 7 of these unique properties by Teardrop Hotels with my significant other. Boy, it felt like a romantic getaway in different parts of Sri Lanka.

Even though it was my second time to Sri Lanka, I was surprised to find out that Sri Lanka is just a quick 4-hour direct flight from Singapore. If you’re looking for an extraordinary destination for a luxury retreat in Southeast Asia, look no further.

We started at Wallawwa in Colombo on our first night, followed by 2 nights at Camellia Hills in Dickoya, next Nine Skies in Ella, and our last night was spent at Fort Bazaar which is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Fort.

(Pro tip: If you’re planning to stay in different Teardrop Hotels in one trip, I highly recommend to stay at least 2 nights at each hotel to fully immerse into the experience).

Day 1: Wallawwa in Colombo

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, the main international airport of Sri Lanka, we were greeted by our designated driver named Ram and transported to Wallawwa in less than a 20-minute drive with minimum traffic.

The Wallawwa stands apart from your average airport hotel in Colombo. Nestled within lush tropical gardens that have flourished for two centuries, this serene sanctuary is conveniently located just a 15-minute drive away from Sri Lanka’s primary international gateway.

Housed within a captivating 18th-century manor, this enchanting retreat promises a stylish and serene alternative to the hotels in Negombo with charming 18-bedroom country house design, delectable gourmet cuisine, rejuvenating jungle pool, and heavenly spa.

Whether you are beginning or concluding your Sri Lankan vacation, The Wallawwa guarantees an exquisite experience that will leave a lasting impression.

Read more about my full review on Wallawwa here.
Book your stay at Wallawwa here.

Day 2 & 3: Camellia Hills in Dickoya

Experience the contemporary lifestyle of a tea planter at Camellia Hills, an opulent boutique bungalow hotel located near Dickoya in Sri Lanka’s pristine hill country. Positioned gracefully on the edge of a lush valley, this exquisite property offers breathtaking vistas of the serene Castlereagh Reservoir and the tea-draped hills that envelop it.

Indulge in the splendor of these panoramic views as you unwind on plush sofas next to a crackling fireplace, savor delectable meals in the semi-open-air setting, or take refreshing swims in the inviting garden pool. Camellia Hills offers a luxurious comfort while being surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

Read more about my full review on Camellia Hills here.
Book your stay at Camellia Hills here.

Day 4: Nine Skies in Ella

Offering expansive vistas of the picturesque hill country, the elegantly renovated boutique tea bungalow hotel stands proudly on a tea-dotted hill near Ella.

With its roots tracing back to the colonial era, the bungalow embodies its rich heritage while providing modern comforts and impeccable personalized service for discerning guests. Experience the indulgence of Nine Skies’ attentive butlers, savor exquisite gourmet cuisine, and take a dip in the garden pool that offers breathtaking views of the valley and the renowned Demodera Loop.

This enchanting destination promises a blend of timeless charm and contemporary luxury, ensuring an unforgettable stay for every esteemed guest.

Read more about my full review on Nine Skies here.
Book your stay at Nine Skies here.

Day 5: Fort Bazaar in Galle Fort

Embark on your exploration of Galle by starting your journey at Fort Bazaar, a beautifully transformed merchant’s residence that now serves as a boutique hotel. With 18 elegantly designed guestrooms and modern interiors inspired by Middle Eastern influences, this sanctuary captures the essence of contemporary sophistication.

Ideally situated on Church Street within the UNESCO-listed 17th-century fort, this spa hotel in Galle offers a tranquil haven where guests can enjoy impeccable service, indulge in gourmet cuisine, and unwind amidst the bustling charm of Galle Fort’s cobbled streets. Fort Bazaar promises a welcoming retreat, providing a serene and luxurious escape within this historic and vibrant destination.

Read more about my full review on Fort Bazaar here.
Book your stay at Fort Bazaar here.

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